It was a flip of fortune for Ty Majeski just one night after Friday’s NASCAR Truck Series race as he scored his seventh career World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing win in the Orange Blossom 100 to conclude the week. It was a special win for the Wisconsin driver, who earned his 100th career feature win after just missing out in the Snowball Derby two months ago.
Majeski visited victory lane on three different occasions during Oktoberfest and the Falloween 150 in October to push his total to 99, the majority of his wins coming with Brad and Nancy Mannstedt. He had chances to win at Rockford, the All American 400, the Snowball Derby, and Friday night’s NASCAR Truck Series race but various incidents ended his attempts and win No. 100 prematurely.
He would not be denied on Saturday night, passing race-long leader Anthony Sergi with less than 30 laps to go for the marquee win.
“This is really special. We got win No. 99 in October, it felt like we were so close to getting 100 so long ago. Just really proud of my entire team, I couldn’t have done it without them,” Majeski said on the NBC Gold Pass broadcast. “A hundred wins is unbelievable in five or six years. I have a lot of good people that’s surrounding me to get to this point and to thank for that opportunity.”
The win comes just one night after his rookie NASCAR Truck Series season began on his roof after an early-race wreck. While Majeski was hoping for a better result with Niece Motorsports then, he was proud of his team for coming back strong on Saturday.
“I obviously had a rough one last night, really wish we could’ve finished that race, we had a really good opportunity there,” he said. “We came back and rebounded really strong tonight.”
It didn’t come easy for Majeski, who attempted to find a way around Sergi for half the race. After trying the inside multiple times to no avail, he looked outside and completed the pass with ease on lap 71 and pulling away late.
While racing for the lead, he had another issue on his mind – his brakes.
“We were losing brakes there when I was racing with Sergi, trying to manage them and they were going almost all the way to the floor,” he stated. “I was about the let the No. 9 (May) by, I took a desperation shot to the top and it stuck. I was trying to pump the brakes really hard trying to get the thing to hang in there and the brakes came back there during that caution. The car was pretty decent tonight and we got it done.”
World Series race winners Brad May, Jesse Love and Derek Griffith followed Majeski across the line. Bubba Pollard rounded out the top five in his only start of the week. By virtue of his fourth-place finish, Griffith earned the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing points championship for the first time in his career.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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Super Late Models – Orange Blossom 100 Results
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